Monroe Township High School is expecting a very eventful winter season filled with business club trips, karaoke nights, prom fundraisers, and even a gaming tournament. Whether you are an academic teen or simply want to have fun with friends, MTHS has something for you! Karaoke for a Cause Night FBLA is hosting Karaoke for a Cause night on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Although there is an attendance fee of $7 at the door, you can sign up early and only pay $5. Sing along to curr
The day-to-day responsibilities teenagers have between their school assignments and after-school activities are overlooked by many. When the pressures of teens are compared to those of adults, people assume teenagers do not have it as bad, and that their stresses are not valid. Stress comes from the students around them, parents, teachers, close family members, themselves and societal influences, such as television and online media. The expectation to do well makes teenagers
Students should receive a ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ rather than typical number grades in their classes, as numbers should not define a student. For many, grades below 90s are just not good enough for themselves or parents. Students spend hours obsessing over assignments because they are afraid of their grades coming down. If students receive a grade that is pass or fail, they can spend more time discovering how to improve rather than focusing on improving the number. In a pass/fail sy
Balancing school work and extracurricular activities, while meeting expectations of family members, is very time consuming and stressful. However, managing stress is important because it affects emotional equilibrium and physical health. Demanding classwork, homework, balancing personal and school life, and parent expectations are factors of school stress. Sophomore Alexa Fedak says, “I have to worry about all the homework, taking all these tests, and public speaking.” Stress
The Federal Communications Commission’s Republican chairman Ajit Pai led committee to repeal Net Neutrality in a 3-2 vote on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet carriers should not be able to manage or hinder a user’s online experience. The guiding purpose of Net Neutrality is that Internet service providers should treat all data on the Internet the same, without discrimination based on content accessed or user. Without Net Neutrality, I
The Federal Communications Commissions voted to end Net Neutrality on December 14, 2017, giving network providers more control over consumers’ internet experiences. Net Neutrality prevents network providers from slowing down or blocking websites and forcing consumers to pay to speed up or access certain sites. In 2015, the Obama-era Net Neutrality rules were passed through legislation instead of going through the FCC. Republicans want to end this era, and President Donald Tru
Seniors have a huge choice to make before they finish high school, which will send students across the country, eager to start living independently and finding a well paying job. If that is the case, look to Chester, Pennsylvania for your college education at Widener University. Widener University believes that “academic excellence, career preparation, and civic engagement are the foundations for success,” according to the official website. Many opportunities are open to stud
Students in high school, middle school and elementary school cannot wait until the school year ends so that they can escape the early morning and nagging teachers, but most of all, they want to get away from the work. Well, you are not getting away from school just yet because you have those long math packets and reading assignments – and I am going to help you get that work done while still having fun during the summer. 1) Do a little bit each day: Start at the end of the sc
My friends, I am pleased to inform you that this school year is slowly, but surely, coming to an end. We are now entering the fourth marking period, where we have nothing but finals to look forward to (and, if applicable, SATs). The 2014-2015 school year was just your average school year, unlike previous ones with an obnoxious amount of snow days or power outages caused by a hurricane that closed the school for two weeks. It was just your typical year. As typical as it may be
by JADA MINAYA
Section Editor Grades n. – a teenager’s biggest anxiety. As a student myself, especially in junior year, grades are one of the biggest if not the biggest concern of mine. Pressures from parents and ourselves can push a student over the edge, and high school is no joke. We are taught from a young age that in order to survive and make money, we must attend college and get a decent job. Of course, there are some exceptions to the rule when those who have not atte
by BRIANNA DELUCA
Staff Writer At one point or another, every student has hit the snooze button on their alarm clock and then crawled back underneath the covers. Ringing the bell early is having negative effects on high school students everywhere. In many parts of the country, classes begin as early as 7 a.m., which means buses pick up students even earlier. Waiting outside for the bus every morning at 6:30 is not ideal, even for the early birds. Here at Monroe, start time is
by BETHANY LU
Staff Writer Nothing is worse than looking down at your report card and realizing that you have that one annoying B. You tried so hard in geometry and stayed for extra help three times a week for physics. Receiving a B would be acceptable in those situations, but definitely not in gym. Since middle school, students have been graded on how long they take to run the mile or the number of push-ups they can complete in a minute. We simply know this as fitness testin
by BRIANNA SICILIANO
Photo/Video Editor Athletes with concussions are temporarily excused from participating in activities, and are carefully observed by their coaches and teammates. However, these athletes should not be treated any differently in the school setting. When children break their arm, you do not ask them to drop and give you 20 push-ups. Yet when children suffer from concussions, they are expected to return to school and be able to concentrate while completing al
by BRIANNA SICILIANO
Staff Writer In a viral video of Texas student Jeff Bliss, an 18-year-old sophomore who attends Duncanville High School interrupts his class with a monologue about how packets are not the best learning tools. The video shows Bliss being asked to leave his classroom, but before he leaves, he gives his teacher a piece of his mind. Bliss lectures his teacher about handing out ineffective packets as assignments to her students. “You want kids to come into you
by EMILY BEZERRA
Social Media Coordinator What started out as a dance trend ended up getting nearly three dozen students from Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego suspended. Thirty-three students participated in a “twerking” video, which was uploaded on YouTube, and viewed by their teachers. The dirty dancing video not only got these kids suspended from school, but banned from prom and walking with their class in graduation as well. While some may find this punishment unfit
by EMILY BEZERRA
Social Media Coordinator Junior Amber Malmstadt has dreamed of being a professional ballerina ever since she began dancing as a three-year-old. This upcoming August, Malmstadt will be dancing at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia for two weeks. Malmstadt is currently dancing as a trainee in a professsional company known as Lustig Dance Theatre, aspiring to be a professional after her high school career. Malmstadt trains seven days a week with multip
by JASMINE ELSHAMY
Photo/Video Editor The renovations of what was previously known as Applegarth Middle School are now finished and look beautifully fitting for the elementary school, which contains grades four and five. “The Falconer’s Voice” staff took a visit to Applegarth Elementary School and able to tour the school to observe all of the additions and changes to the school. Principal Dennis Ventrello gave us a tour and shed some insight on what it was like getting to red
by ANMOL MADAAN
Staff Writer In an attempt to battle the obesity epidemic in our nation, the Active Schools Acceleration Project gave nine finalists in the annual Innovation Competition $25,000 on May 22, 2012.
ASAP is an initiative started by ChildObesity180.org, an organization dedicated to reversing the trend in childhood obesity.
“Obesity is a problem throughout our nation. We as a nation should be ashamed that we are the heaviest place in the world. We should wor
by MICHELLE CHO
Staff Writer Although it is only the Drama Club’s second year in producing interactive dinner shows, on January 19 and 20, it did not fail to keep students and parents on their toes yet again.
Not only did they serve spaghetti with sausages and cake, but also allowed the audience to participate in the acting. While everybody scurried to figure out who the murderer was, the cast answered anybody’s questions in character, even during intermission.
by LIZ MARCHESE
Staff Writer When students are listening to music while working or studying, whether it is at school or at home, it could have a positive and/or negative effect on them.
The Center for New Discoveries in Learning confirms that music does have an effect on learning. They say that listening to music can activate the brain, causing it to be more capable of processing information.
A study by the University of Illinois showed that listening to music activat